Relationship to Other Key Efforts, and Conclusion
This project gives considerable focus to the 12 priorities in the federal government’s Healthy People 2020 Plan. The Healthy People 2020plan includes a section on the need to guide and assist men’s health program development and achievement. Whereas both “Men’s Health is Power” and “Healthy People 2020” focus on the link between risk factors and improved health, our project also:
(a) promotes a better understanding of the multiple pathways experienced in going from ‘boys-to-men-to-fathers’, and
(b) will help boys and men of color travel those pathways to successful, rewarding and enjoyable outcomes.
We do so because their making successful journeys is necessary for their self-esteems and the shared success of those who love them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Select Panel on Preconception Care emphasizes the importance of promotingpreconception health and care. The panel defines this approach as a combination of (a) health promotion, (b) risk assessment, and (c) clinical and psychosocial intervention.Each of these focuses is consistent with “Men’s Health is Power”.
Recap of the Thinking Behind Our Promotion of Men’s Health
Much of what we know about men’s health says that getting fit and improving body functions will ultimately increase longevity and improve the quality of life. We define men’s health as the lifelong quest for commitment to continuous physical, mental and spiritual well-being. This commitment includes priorities in the areas of risk and disease prevention, access to health services, health promotion and preventive health screening which are key factors in promoting quality of life and longevity among all men. Key secondary factors include preconception health and care, family planning, social supports, nutrition, education, employment opportunities, and safe and walkable living environments (see schematic).
Men’s health initiatives also need to include men in family planning, maternal and child health and reproductive health initiatives. Further, understanding that men’s health is family health could ultimately help us to identify and support life course factors and pathways of boy-to-men-to-father.
1. The overview and data presented above highlights how important it is to have a balanced health system that supports all U.S. populations, and especially those population groups that have the greatest health disparities.
2. The Health Power website is committed to becoming the main health home, and guide to developing effective pathways and approaches to boys and men of color and their families, thus living healthier, longer, and more satisfying lives.
3. Together, Health Power and the Joint center, with the help of others who share our concern and lend their support, will lead the way to ensure the success of this campaign- – – – because “Men’s Health is Power”.
Click here for: Key Sources used in developing the “Men’s Health is Power” Campaign.